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Coleman's struggles don't help rotation

After starter Casey Coleman lasted just 2 2/3 innings in Friday’s 12-2 loss to the Dodgers, the Cubs are hoping right-hander Randy Wells can return to the rotation in the next couple of weeks.

Coleman failed to control his pitches Friday, giving up six runs in the third inning in his shortest outing of the season. Coleman won his first game of the season April 16 against Colorado, but he has allowed 11 runs in 13 1/3 innings over three starts. He’s also surrendered 19 hits and eight walks in those starts.

Manager Mike Quade said before Friday’s game that he’s unsure who will start Tuesday against Colorado, but James Russell is unlikely to get the call. Both Wells and Andrew Cashner started their throwing programs Friday. Wells is hoping to be back within the next two weeks.

With Colman’s struggles, Quade had to use his bullpen more than he wanted to Friday. (Both Coleman and reliever Jeff Stevens threw 90 pitches each.) There’s a possibility the Cubs will have to make a call to the minors for some relief help this weekend.

“I don’t know,” Quade said. “We are going to talk about that [Jeff] Stevens will be down for two or three days, so we have to be very careful tomorrow if something doesn’t go well early. I think [calling up a pitcher] is a possibility.”

Left-handed reliever Scott Maine was one of the team’s final cuts from the bullpen in spring training. He could be considered for a call-up.

As for Coleman, he’ll stay in the rotation, according to Quade. Coleman said he’s going to have to work on using a different fastball when his sinker isn’t working.

“A four-seamer wouldn’t take me long [to master],” Coleman said. “I’ve thrown it before. It’s just something I haven’t had to use. I’ve been able to throw the two-seamer for strikes, even in big situations. I just feel it’s something good to have on a day like this.”

Coleman had a four-game winning streak snapped in the loss to the Dodgers. The streak dated back to September 2010.